21 December 2021 | 5 minutes.

Nature-based solutions for water security

Marie Trémolet
Nature-based Solutions and Policy Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Marie Trémolet, Nature-based Solutions and Policy Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Water scarcity is threatening human civilization like never before. It is time for us to look to nature for solutions to overcome our water challenges and secure a more sustainable future for the planet.

Freshwater is the most important resource for human survival and development. It is also a condition for all life on our planet. Yet, while nearly 70% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, only 2.5% is readily available freshwater.

Due to our unsustainable and linear management of water, freshwater scarcity has been increasingly perceived as a global systemic risk over the last few decades. Today, over a quarter of the world’s population currently lives in areas with potentially severe water scarcity.

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